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post #1 of 175 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so pissed off right now. My bike, after going to shop for this same problem already, is back to stalling. It literally just stalled on me 15 times in a row. It's ****ing embarrassing having your bike die in the city with a line of cars behind you at a stop light! Not to mention, people look at you like you're a ******n amateur. On two occasions I had to wriggle the lifeless bike out of the public way because it wouldn't even start back up right away. What the hell is the matter with this bike of mine!? The only way to keep it from stalling is to keep on the throttle while downshifting with the clutch in. Soon as you let off the throttle the revs drop to 800, then 600, then DEAD! This is for sure no user error!

Sure it was 96F, but that is no reason for a brand new 14 thousand dollar bike to be acting like this. I know I'm not the only one dealing with this issue. I was reading that blog of the two women taking the XC's across Alaska, and one of their bikes is doing the same thing causing the rider much anxiety. I know the feeling!

Triumph has to know about this problem by now. Guess it's back to the dealership tomorrow. Hopefully they give me a loaner this time so I don't have to ride the ****ty ass bus!

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post #2 of 175 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 12:16 AM
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Two questions. Have you done the adaptation reset that I've suggested? Also have you tried popping the filler cap when this happens to see if there is a breather problem causing a vacuum in the tank?
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post #3 of 175 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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Mac, yes I have done both of those things. The adaptation routine worked awesome for fixing the loss of power off the line. But the bike is stalling again. I really think the humid heat has a lot to do with this, but that's no excuse for this sort of behavior.
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I would be tempted to reject the bike as it isn't fit for purpose. The fact that not every Tiger does this (mine hasn't yet) suggests that the problem isn't insurmountable.

I have ridden my Tiger in temperatures pretty much as hot as you mention and in very heavy traffic in London and it still doesn't do it.

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post #5 of 175 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 06:42 AM
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I ride mine daily in temps in the mid 90's and high humidity and in heavy traffic. I have not had this problem. I believe it can be fixed.

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Temperatures here have been in the hundreds. Mine has stalled a handful of times in 1000 miles.
I was told Triumph is working on the problem and it's a tune issue.
Wonder if it would help if we tried loading the TOR tune?
Might be worth a try.
Yesterday I ran the bike a lot in a veriaty of conditions. Once when I arrived at one destination I hopped off the bike, left the motor running while I punched in a acces code to this electric gate. Hopped back on and just bairly took the slack out of the throttle cable and it died.
It IS frustrating.
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post #7 of 175 (permalink) Old 07-21-2011, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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I dropped mine off at the dealer today. They said that they were going to call Triumph to see what's going on with this issue. Standby for details.

In the meantime, they let my take a Bonneville T100 until they get the XC figured out. So I'm very happy to have something to ride and my dealership has been extremely understanding in regards to this frustrating situation.
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I got my 2012 XC about two weeks ago an 800 miles. I've had about 5-6 stalls sitting at lights on take off. Yes it makes me look like I don't know how to ride the thing. And by the way the weather here in the Bay area (San Francisco, CA.) has been unusally cold. I'm no mechanic but I think it's related to the fuel injection. I've never had a bike that's so responsive (on/off) to the point that it's a big negative with my riding style. I need to get this fixed.
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Someone over on the Tiger800 forums had to have new throttle bodies installed to cure that problem.
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There's some speculation that there may have been a batch of faulty throttle body assemblies from Keihin (possibly as a result of the upheaval caused by the earthquake). The stalling is definitely a known issue, but it still seems to affect only a fairly small percentage of bikes. I understand how frustrating the situation is, but I expect Triumph will make it right.


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